We must talk about children’s spirituality

Mindful Living   My parents watched the Late Late Show every Friday night and that show vied with the Riordans for top place in everyday conversation the following week. Both shows explored in their own way a changing Irish society. The whole culture of Irish society has changed in the intervening years, including the authority…

The birth of Christ within

Mindful Living Since Advent began, we have been waiting for Christmas. For most children, since they returned to school after Halloween, they have been inundated with messages about Christmas. Between targeted ads on television and social media and huge displays on the streets and in the shops, the overriding message has been about wanting more.…

Meditation and the sound of silence

Mindful Living The contemplative traditions assert that the language for expressing and exploring the spiritual quest is silence. As St John of the Cross expressed it, ‘Silence is God’s first language’. Meditation does not create the silence – it is already there, within the person but meditation uncovers and reveals it.” Silence is the language…

Christian meditation and mindfulness

Mindful Living   In the preface to Benedictus, his book of blessings, John O’Donohue, philosopher, poet, priest and author, writes that: “There is a quiet light that shines in every heart. It draws no attention to itself though it is always secretly there. It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to…

Living spiritually

Mindful living Spirituality is notoriously difficult to define because ultimately it is attempting to put into language something that cannot adequately be described in words. When we use words to describe the mysterious, the words serve only as pointers. There is an old proverb which says that when the wise man points to the moon,…